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Akwa Ibom COVID-19 Cases Exceeds 1,000With 14 Deaths

Fourteen coronavirus (COVID-19) disease cases in Akwa Ibom have been reported by the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) as of February 6, 2021. The state also recorded a total of 502 active cases, 574 persons discharged and 14 deaths within the period under review. So far, Nigeria has recorded 1,588 cases, with 139,242 confirmed cases, 112,557 discharges and 1,647 deaths in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as at February 6. Meanwhile, the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, has disclosed that COVID-19 related deaths have increased from 1,173 on November 29, 2020 to 1,578 on January 31, 2021, an increase of 34 per cent. He disclosed this recently during the sensitization meeting of COVID-19 vaccine with leaders of the Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN) and scholars in Abuja. Mustapha, who is also the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID - 19, said the "COVID-19 pandemic is the most significant global public health emergency of our generation. According to him, humanity has been under the siege of this virus since January 30, 2020 (exactly one year ago) when the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared it as such, saying it has taken lives, consumed trillions of dollars and other resources without abating. He said: "Today, the global infections have exceeded one hundred million while fatalities have also crossed the two million mark. Unfortunately, Nigeria, like the rest of the world, is now experiencing a more virulent second wave which has increased the number of COVID-19 related deaths from 1,173 on November 29, 2020 to 1,578 on January 31, 2021, an increase of 34 per cent. He noted that the number of infections have also grown tremendously even as he urged Nigerians to adhere to the safety protocols rolled out by the Federal Government. Mustapha said the arrival of vaccines has however given hope to humanity that a solution had been found, adding that this does not however mean that the Non -Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) would be discarded. He said that going forward it shall be NPIs vaccines for everyone to completely get over the pandemic.

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